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    Should government be able to impose a curfew on adults?

    Should government be able to impose a curfew on adults?


    I say no.Government is the servant of the people not the boss of the people. If a few bad apples are rioting and looting then get the police to arrest those individuals. Government has absolutely no business telling the people when they can and can't leave their homes.
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    Re: Should government be able to impose a curfew on adults?

    I'm not thrilled with it either but if I were a store owner in Ferguson I would be for it. Solid maybe.

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    Re: Should government be able to impose a curfew on adults?

    Certain circumstances seems to be a yes, as I doubt yes just means willy-nilly.
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    Re: Should government be able to impose a curfew on adults?

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    Should government be able to impose a curfew on adults?


    I say no.Government is the servant of the people not the boss of the people. If a few bad apples are rioting and looting then get the police to arrest those individuals. Government has absolutely no business telling the people when they can and can't leave their homes.
    Yes, but it's another one of those powers that is best kept vague and used sparingly. When times arise where it is absolutely necessary curfews, suspension of habeaus corpus, and other temporary suspensions of civil liberties will be enacted regardless of possible legal prohibitions as evidenced by the Civil War.

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    Re: Should government be able to impose a curfew on adults?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sherman123 View Post
    Yes, but it's another one of those powers that is best kept vague and used sparingly. When times arise where it is absolutely necessary curfews, suspension of habeaus corpus, and other temporary suspensions of civil liberties will be enacted regardless of possible legal prohibitions as evidenced by the Civil War.
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    Adult Curfews & Strict Scrutiny

    Curfews directed at adults touch upon fundamental constitutional rights and thus are subject to strict judicial scrutiny. The U. S. Supreme Court has ruled that "[t]he right to walk the streets, or to meet publicly with one's friends for a noble purpose or for no purpose at all—and to do so whenever one pleases—is an integral component of life in a free and ordered society." Papachristou v. City of Jacksonville, 405 US 156, 164, 31 L. Ed. 2d 110, 92 S. Ct 839 (1972).

    To satisfy strict-scrutiny analysis, a government-imposed curfew on adults must be supported by a compelling state interest that is narrowly tailored to serve the curfew's objective. Court's are loath to find that an interest advanced by the government is compelling. The more justifications that courts find to uphold a curfew on adults, the more watered-down becomes the fundamental right to travel and to associate with others in public places at all times of the day.

    The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that this right may be legitimately curtailed when a community has been ravaged by flood, fire, or disease, or when its safety and Welfare are otherwise threatened. Zemel v. Rusk, 381 U.S. 1, 85 S. Ct. 1271, 14 L. Ed. 2d 179 (1965). The California Court of Appeals cited this ruling in a case that reviewed an order issued by the city of Long Beach, California, which declared a state of emergency and imposed curfews on all adults (and minors) within the city's confines after widespread civil disorder broke out following the Rodney G. King beating trial, in which four white Los Angeles police officers were acquitted of using excessive force in subduing an African-American motorist following a high-speed traffic chase. In re Juan C., 28 Cal. App. 4th 1093, 33 Cal. Rptr. 2d 919 (Cal. App. 1994).

    "Rioting, looting and burning," the California court wrote, "pose a similar threat to the safety and welfare of a community, and provide a compelling reason to impose a curfew." "The right to travel is a hollow promise when members of the community face the possibility of being beaten or shot by an unruly mob if they attempt to exercise this right," the court continued, and "[t]emporary restrictions on the right… are a reasonable means of reclaiming order from anarchy so that all might exercise their constitutional rights freely and safely."
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    Re: Should government be able to impose a curfew on adults?

    If martial law is declared, then yes; otherwise no.

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    Re: Should government be able to impose a curfew on adults?

    No, adults are not children and should not be treated like children.
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    Re: Should government be able to impose a curfew on adults?

    - maybe under certian circumstances


    However only under extreme circumstances. War comes to mind as one possible time when I would support a curfew of the civilian population. If the movements of civilians were putting the protection of the community, country, or troops at risk then I would fully support restrictions.

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    Re: Should government be able to impose a curfew on adults?

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    Should government be able to impose a curfew on adults?


    I say no.Government is the servant of the people not the boss of the people. If a few bad apples are rioting and looting then get the police to arrest those individuals. Government has absolutely no business telling the people when they can and can't leave their homes.


    It is not the imposed curfew that got to me, but the overwhelming presence of military personnel and equipment...and I am not referring to the National Guard presence. It
    looked like a scene out of the Ukraine. It looked like a police state. What difference between us and Cuba, Russia or China? Big Brother in full regalia...

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    Re: Should government be able to impose a curfew on adults?

    Yes...if it applies to everyone else but me and whichever employees of the businesses I wish to utilize while this curfew is on.

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